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The Last Airbender

Year: 2010
Studio: Paramount
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Producer: M Night Shyamalan/Frank Marshall
Writer: M Night Shyamalan
Cast: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Cliff Curtis

Maybe he wanted us all to forget The Happening ever happened by doing something not just completely different but as quickly as possible. It doesn't feel like an M Night Shyamalan movie – probably a good thing to many. Unfortunately it feels like every other kid-friendly, CG-heavy action adventure blockbuster we've been getting forever.

Based on a cartoon I haven't seen (and by the accounts I've heard it can't possibly fit enough into the running time to do the cartoon justice), it's an ancient legend story where four races are born under the signs of the four elements. Among them are the benders, people who can control their birth element to smite their enemies in battle.

When two young waterfolk come across a young boy in the icy wilderness, it turns out he might be the prophesised avatar, a being who can bend all four elements and who comes around every generation or hundred years or something.

The villainous fire people want to conquer the other three nations, and they need Aang the avatar to do it. But his new friends follow him to a remote tribe of water people where the final battle against the fire people will take place.

An expanded mythology of the story might have been more necessary to really grip you, because while the visuals are pretty good, you've seen it all before in a hundred other blockbusters over the last ten years.

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